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International Employment Issues

In today’s business environment, workplace issues are increasingly crossing international borders—whether involving U.S. corporations doing business overseas or multinational companies with interests in the United States.


We understand that to best serve our clients we too need to provide legal advice in a global context. Through our international legal team and our relationships with top labor and employment law practices throughout the world, we offer a consistent, lower cost, flexible approach to your global labor and employment law matters.

As an AmLaw 100 and Global 100 law firm— and one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States—Jackson Lewis has a well-established reputation for counseling and defending multinational corporations and emerging businesses on every type of matter relating to workplace law. Our international group includes a practice leader who served in-house for a major global employer managing workplace issues in more than 70 countries. We understand what adds value for our clients, because we have stood in their shoes. Jackson Lewis is also a founding member of L&E Global, a worldwide alliance of premier employment law firms and practices.

For U.S. and Global Corporations Operating Internationally

Our International Employment Issues Practice Group (working with Jackson Lewis attorneys in other practice groups and our international affiliate firms) devises solutions for our clients in the full range of global matters, including:

  • Global restructurings, plant closings and collective redundancies;
  • Drafting and global implementation of employee codes of conduct, policies and work rules;
  • Global labor relations and works council (including European Works Council) matters;
  • Implementation of data protection policies and practices;
  • Expatriate and other global mobility issues, including corporate compliance immigration requirements;
  • Obtaining employment-based temporary work visas and permanent resident status;
  • Advising on cross-border or international executive separations;
  • Cross-border litigation and arbitration;
  • Global compensation and benefit matters;
  • Advising on labor/employment issues associated with global M&A or other transactions, such as transfer of undertaking; and
  • Conducting or managing internal compliance investigations.

For Multinational Companies with U.S. Interests

Multinational entities operating in the United States face a challenging array of laws and regulations governing the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers. Our attorneys are well-positioned to work with clients on these issues, among others:

  • Ensuring U.S. operations comply with federal, state and local employment laws;
  • Securing the visas and employment authorizations needed to transfer foreign nationals to the U.S.;
  • Employing U.S. citizens abroad; and
  • Due diligence on the employment implications of mergers, acquisitions, closings and other business transactions.

Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global, an international alliance of independent law firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. L&E Global itself does not practice law or otherwise provide legal services to clients. Legal services are provided independently by each of the separate member firms of the L&E Global alliance. Each member firm of L&E Global is responsible for its own legal advice and services, and no member firm or partner of such firm may bind or act as agent for Jackson Lewis.

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The New Workplace: Management Innovation In a World of Traditional Employment Law

February 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Cross-border Perspectives

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Trends in Labor Laws in Latin America: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina

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April 15, 2019

Revamp of Mexico’s Federal Labor Laws: What U.S. Employers Need to Know

April 15, 2019

Employers with operations in Mexico must brace themselves for significant changes in the labor laws in their workplace. Mexico is expected to pass legislation that will effectively overhaul the country’s labor laws to a standard similar to that in the United States. The changes will reshape Mexico’s labor relations for a generation.... Read More

April 20, 2018

Brazilian Labor Courts Continue to Emphasize Importance of Non-Compete Clause Limitations

April 20, 2018

A recent Brazilian labor court ruling clarified the procedural requirements for employers drafting non-compete clauses in employment agreements. Although the Brazilian Federal Constitution establishes “freedom of work,” and the Brazilian Industrial Property Law (Law 9.279/1996) prevents an employee from disclosing an employer’s... Read More

February 23, 2018

Foreign Parent Company is Joint Employer with Subsidiary for Employment Claims, Court Rules

February 23, 2018

A foreign parent company can be held jointly liable for employment claims against its U.S. subsidiary, a federal district court has held. Middlebrooks v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 17-00412 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 1, 2018). The employee brought claims against his former employer, Teva USA, and its parent company, Teva Israel, alleging... Read More

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April 18, 2019
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Renowned Japanese Law Firm Atsumi & Sakai Joins L&E Global

April 18, 2019

L&E Global, a worldwide leader for cross-border labour and employment law services, is proud to announce that the preeminent full-service business firm Atsumi & Sakai has joined L&E Global as our Affiliated Member in Japan. Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global, an international... Read More

March 11, 2019
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L&E Global awarded “Elite” status for Global-Wide Employment Law Networks by Chambers Global 2019

March 11, 2019

L&E Global, the preeminent international alliance of specialised, business-focused labour and employment law firms, is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, we have been ranked in the ‘Elite’ class of Global-Wide Employment Law Networks in the recently released 2019 Edition of Chambers Global. This is a growing... Read More

February 8, 2019
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Conrad S. Kee Named Office Managing Principal in Jackson Lewis' Salt Lake City Office

February 8, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 8, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principal Conrad (“Shawn”) S. Kee has been appointed to Office Managing Principal of the firm’s Salt Lake City office. Mr. Kee focuses his practice in several areas of employment litigation, including... Read More

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